Take Action!
RESOURCES
FEATURE AREA

 

Download our latest publication.

JOIN OUR MAILING LIST
Enter Email

Take action! Tell Fair Trade USA “Don’t Dilute Fair Trade Standards”

Fair World Project (FWP), a campaign of the Organic Consumers Association, the nation’s largest network of green and ethical consumers, rejects leading certifier Fair Trade USA’s (formerly Transfair USA) new “Fair Trade for All” initiative and standards revisions. As of January 1, 2012, FWP will not recognize FTUSA as a reputable fair trade certifier unless it reverses its proposed labeling and commercial availability standards. This week, FWP sent a letter to FTUSA to convey their position on the proposed changes. To view the letter, please visit this link

 
To carry the FTUSA “Fair Trade Certified (Ingredients)” mark, now a product need contain only 10% certified fair trade ingredients, and to carry the “Fair Trade Certified” mark, a product must contain only 25% certified fair trade ingredients.  But even more egregious, is that once those content thresholds are met, FTUSA will not require that fair trade ingredients be sourced and used even if they are commercially available in fair trade form, a key requirement of any fair trade certification scheme such as FTUSA’s former parent organization, the Fairtrade Labelling Organization.  Consequently, companies that have been known for shirking corporate responsibility and fair trade, such as Hershey’s (http://www.raisethebarhershey.org), could place the FTUSA mark on their chocolate bars by sourcing fair trade sugar but not certified fair trade cocoa. What’s more, under the new FTUSA labeling standards, a “fair trade” chocolate bar could in fact contain sugar, vanilla or cocoa produced using child or forced labor, even though all these ingredients are commercially available in fair trade form. For more information, please visit Fair World Project's blog post:
Can a “fair trade” chocolate bar contain no fair trade cocoa?

Take action! Tell Fair Trade USA “Don’t Dilute Fair Trade Standards”

Fair Trade USA